Category Archives: Allan Liska

Twitter may have given user’s private data to a ransomware hacker, who then ran a researcher offline

A man living in Russia whom the U.S. government accused of being involved in multiple REvil ransomware attacks may be involved in a phony emergency disclosure request to Twitter used to threaten a ransomware researcher in recent weeks and force them offline. Twitter’s policies state the company will provide account information “to law enforcement in […]

Ransomware isn’t always about gangs making money. Sometimes it’s about nations manufacturing mayhem.

Ransomware is fundamentally about reaping massive profits from victims — payments were on pace to cross the billion-dollar threshold in 2021, according to the U.S. government — but there are signs foreign government-connected groups are increasingly moving into a territory dominated by criminal gangs, and for an entirely different motive: namely, causing chaos. Research that […]

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